Box and String is the duo of Bill Quern and Sarah Gowan.
We play instrumental traditional roots music from the American Appalachians, England, Canada, Scandinavia, and France as well as our original music composed in traditional styles. With a combined instrument collection that includes guitar, mandolin, concertina, melodeon, 4 & 5 string banjo, fiddle, harmonica, jaw harp and foot percussion we provide a varied and entertaining program.

We enjoy playing for traditional dancing - squares, contra, French, waltz - as well as for listening and special events.

Our original tunes

Coming Up:

July 8, 2017   Annual Square Dance at Beaver Lake w/Live Wire    
July 16, 2017 1-3pm   French Tunes at Earth Bread and Brewery with Cabriole   Philadelphia, PA
July 22, 2017   Private Wedding    
August 7 - 11, 2017   Ashokan Family camp - on staff   Woodstock, VT
Oct. 13, 2017   Village Contra Dance - with Coracree   New York, NY
Oct. 14, 2017   CDNY Contra Dance - with Coracree   New York, NY
Oct 19, 2017   Scout House Contra - with Coracree   Concord, MA
Oct 20-22,2017   LCFD Fall Dance Camp with Coracree   Becket, MA

Contact us: • 484-452-6298

Sarah and Bill can also be found here:
Coracree - Concerts and Contra Dance Music
Big Phat American K-Lee - American English Ceilidh!
Cabriole - French Dance Music
FiddleKicks - Appalachian Cloggers
Kingsessing Morris
Sarah's Home Page

Other fun things we have done:
Winnie the Hoofer
(more coming soon...)



"Ig-Night" "Jackie" Garfield's Blackberry Blossom  


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